Despite there being a lot of hype surrounding the Tennessee Titans offensively heading into the 2017 season, the Titans struggled in their week three preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Titans play was, in a word, disjointed. They struggled passing and running, even though both looked like strengths on paper. This article will be a summary of where the specific struggles were for the offense.
Offensive line struggles: Just like in week one of the preseason, the Titans offensive line looked out of wack. Quinton Spain was ejected for punching another player, and Taylor Lewan had both a face mask and a holding penalty.
Miscommunication: The wide receivers and Marcus Mariota had quite a few issues, the most important one being timing. Mariota was inconsistent on his accuracy, overthrowing his receivers on quite a few occasions. Though that could also be miscommunication on the receivers end.
Key injuries: Eric Decker and Corey Davis were key inactive players, and Harry Douglas also being out hurt the receiving core mightily. The Titans top two receivers for the game were Rishard Matthews and Taywan Taylor. Taylor had a great grab for 48 yards, but other than that stayed quiet.
Running Game: Even with Demarco Murray back and Derrick Henry playing, those two only put together a measly forty yards on fifteen carries. Both running backs averaged 2.7 yards per carry and thoroughly disappointed as the Titan’s game plan is to be a run first team.
Overall: It is very scary looking at the fact that both the passing and rushing attack were very inconsistent. On the bright side, Marcus Mariota overall looked good, with only some accuracy issues in the way. The defense also looked alright except Adoree Jackson looked terrible, letting up quite a few catches and a pass interference in the end zone against Kevin White.